Can you believe we’re already in October? Cayman Cocktail Week is fast approaching, and that means lots of social nights out where the latest and greatest mixologists produce exciting creations for you to sample at different venues.

This annual festival has become so popular, that it is actually beginning to creep into the early days of the month, with events like the “Muddled!” cocktail competition, scheduled for Oct. 6 at Barolo Lounge from 7-11 p.m.
Reminiscent of the “Chopped” TV show’ s modus operandi, crazy mystery ingredients are presented to a bunch of bartenders who have to use their noggins and skills to create some fantastic cocktails.

cocktailThen Carey’s Karma Closet hosts “Shopping and Cocktails!” on Oct. 7 from 5-7 p.m. where everything in the store is 10 percent off and the drinks are free. How’s THAT for a happy hour?

The Bistro is getting in on the act with “The Classic Cocktail” Fridays throughout the month, starting on Oct. 7, and Yoshi’s Sushi has $4 cocktails and wine from 4:30-7 p.m. and 10 p.m. ‘til close every night throughout October.

Themed evenings

Once Cocktail Week officially begins on Friday, Oct. 21 at Royal Palms with “Bring Back Blue,” it is all go! Drink specials abound at the popular beach bar with 2-4-1 happy hour from 9-11 p.m.

Books & Books has a pop-up bar on the Saturday, and then it’s brunch at KARoo on Sunday, featuring Bulleit Bourbon. One price of $44 plus grats covers all.

Start off the week the right way when you take the “Cayman Cocktail Tour” with Jo Austin of Jacques Scott Fine Wines & Spirits. She’ll take you to four locations with cocktails and comestibles at every stop. The price of $50 includes food, drink and transport.

Take a rest on Tuesday – or head to The Ritz-Carlton’s Culinary Studio for the Whisky Lab. If only chemistry had been like this in school!

Wednesday (otherwise known as “Hump Day”) brings some down home Louisiana music and mixology to Agua Restaurant. Enjoy the sounds of New Orleans mingled with amazing food and delicious cocktails.

Thursday is “Rock N’ Roll Cocktails” at Macabuca, and the week is rounded out on the final Saturday night with Icoa’s “Shucking Cocktail Party.”  The a la carte menu is a bounty for oyster lovers.

For more information on Cocktail Week, see www.caymancocktailweek.com or email joaustin@jacquesscott.com.